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To get the most out of your doctor's appointment, prioritize

Posted December 26, 2018 11:16 a.m. EST
Updated December 26, 2018 6:08 p.m. EST

— To get the most of your next doctor’s appointment, writing it down is one of the best ways to remember things.

Your work starts before your appointment. Prioritize your questions and concerns ahead of time.

Don't be afraid to speak up, even about distractions.

Consumer Reports says computers, phones and electronic health records can take time away from patient-doctor conversations.

“If you feel like your doctor is distracted or fails to understand your problem, it's fine to politely let them know,” said Diane Umansky, Consumer Reports health editor. “Most will actually appreciate the opportunity to slow down and focus.”

When the appointment is wrapping up, Consumer Reports says to repeat the action plan to make sure you and your doctor are on the same page.

There are times when it's a good idea to have a loved one at your appointment as a second set of eyes and ears for anything discussed.